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Incredibly Resilient – A Chat with Tara Cardinal

20 November 2012 2:37 PM, PST

Tara Cardinal is a Renaissance woman in every sense of the word. Actress, model, writer, director, producer, stunt person, wrestler — she's done a bit of everything. And her latest film, The Legend of the Red Reaper, allows her to prove it.

In Red Reaper, Cardinal plays the title character, a warrior witch who's deadly with a sword, but she also produced and, over a period of years, helped shepherd the project to completion. I recently sat down with Cardinal for a talk about being the Red Reaper, working with legends and the brilliance of Uwe Boll.

You've had such a varied career, Tara. But before we get into that, can you talk about your childhood a bit? From my research, it seems to have been somewhat unconventional. For example, you left home at 16?

I try not to talk about my childhood too much, or my family. They prefer it that way, »

- Theron

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In Defense of Sparkling Vampires: Thoughts on the ‘Twilight’ Phenomenon

18 November 2012 4:25 PM, PST

Or "How I Learned to Love the Glitter."

As a child who grew up in a home that loved horror, some of my earliest memories include vampires.

After all, I was born the same year The Lost Boys came out, and I remember seeing it on VHS when I was very young. In third grade I got a troubled call home from my teacher because I’d turned in a book report on Interview with the Vampire. We saw Buffy the Vampire Slayer in theaters and my mom used to tell this embarrassing but funny anecdote about when I was very young and my bed was against my room’s window; she would say that I slept with my head cocked to the side and my arms across my chest, "just in case" a vampire happened by and decided they wanted to bite me. She swore that I wanted to »

- Amanda Rebholz

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